2013 Nissan 370Z Revealed In Chicago, Late 2012 Australian Debut Planned

Mike Stevens | Feb 8, 2012

Update: late 2012 debut confirmed for Australia. See bottom of article.

Nissan has revealed its updated-for-2012 370Z at this week's Chicago Auto Show. Fans hoping for an extensive overhaul might be disappointed however, because this latest tweak is focused purely on the cosmetics.

The standout change is to the Z car's front bumper, which picks up a couple of styling cues from its 350Z predecessor.

The conversation-starting fangs in the grille have disappeared, with the bottom lip smoothed out across the length of the bumper.

The Z also joins the daytime-running lights brigade for 2012, with a pair of LED strips poking out of the newly-stepped bumper sides.

The rear bumper remains unchanged, as far as the Australian buyer will notice - although fans in the US will see that the red centre reflector standard in other markets is now fitted to their Z.

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The entry-level package picks up new 18-inch wheels for the US market, although Australia has offered the 19-inch Rays rims as standard equipment for sometime now.

Inside, the satin silver look of the fuel guage has been replaced with a new dark finish, and... well, that's about the extent of the changes in the cabin.

Mechanically, the 370Z remains unchanged for 2012, with the same 3.7 litre V6 delivering a plenty-enjoyable 245kW and 363Nm of torque.


Speaking with TMR today, Nissan Australia's Jeff Fisher said that while these changes are considered a 2013 model-year update in the US, "our model year follows more traditional timing. So we'll see most, if not all, these running changes later this year as our 2013 car."

Mr Fisher added that final details for the Australian-delivered update are being confirmed with Nissan's Japanese headquarters.

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  • Veejay says,
    4 years ago
    It's a bit plain... I kinda like the old front bumper more.

    Also, I can't stand how LED DRLs are becoming so popular. Not many manufacturers can pull them off, in fact I reckon BMW is the only company that does a decent job of integrating LED DRLs.
    • MattJelonek
      MattJ says,
      4 years ago
      BMW? Where? I don't see them.... unless your talking about the Ring head lamps and tail lights being LED strips? Audi do the best as does one model in the Skoda Range + the Golf R. In Australia they're NOT a safety feature which is a shame. In Europe, all cars must either drive with their head lamps ON or have DRL's meaning, car manufactures use LED lights to use less battery then regular lights. In Australia here there are a "fully-sick" feature on Holden's and in Ford's instance.... on the top of the line Mondeo where they should be STANDARD on all models.
      • Mike Stevens
        Mike Stevens [TMR] says,
        4 years ago
        Spot on, Matt. Certainly there are provisions for the use of DRLs in the Aus design rules, but for now there is no law requiring them. There's talk of adopting the European laws (which made them a requirement for all new passenger vehicles in February last year), but there hasn't been a great deal of movement there.
      • Veejay says,
        4 years ago
        That's exactly my point, MattJ. On the BMW you don't even realise the DRLs are there because they're so well integrated into the headlight's design.

        They achieve the function of enhancing daytime visibility without looking like a afterthought, so kudos to BMW.
    • Dave says,
      4 years ago
      Those daytime running lights are so stupid. I really don't see how it becomes a safety feature. If you can't see a car in broad daylight, you shouldn't drive at all. It's just an extra drain on the battery and something else to break and replace. Dealers also overcharge them outrageously.
      • MattJelonek
        MattJ says,
        4 years ago
        Dear Dave smile LED lights use LESS battery then Volvo's park lights... think about that and how embarrassed Volvo felt when someone enquired about this. It was on Top Gear! The Volvo light bulbs don't even use that much! the LED DRLs are a safety feature in Europe because the road conditions are different... there is fog, roads are more windy and driving through villages in the country side you could see them much better then normal headlamps. VW do DRL's but they are actually the Park lights... and are a little brighter unless you opt for LED headlamps on the Polo, Golf, Tiguan and Tuareg. BUT there are DRL's regardless. I'm not sure if they charge more to have DRL's on Audi's here in Australia... i think you pay more to have a HID set of lamps for Xenon, thus gaining the LED's as DRL's otherwise on the Audi's they have normal lamps that are the DRL's... have a look. smile BMW have had them for a while now and just make then look like eyes... Mercedes too have them on their bumpers or the park lights depending on models but they are becoming standard. I'd rather have EURO rules then no rules at all..
  • Nightshader says,
    4 years ago
    I was hoping for a reason to upgrade my 350z. Looks like i'll be waiting for the next gen Z
  • Ariel Manlapig says,
    3 years ago
    Looks like i'm gonna be missing out on these changes. I have purchased a new 370Z last January of this year but since Nissan Australia didn't have the colour that I wanted, the car needs to be sourced and ordered from Japan. This would have to be the 2012 model here in Australia and it's a shame that all these upgrades even if they are cosmetic will not be on the car that I have purchased. I really dig those LED DRLs. It adds some substance to the car's looks. Not that it really needs it as the car is already an instant head turner!
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